Get ready for some lawn mower action

March 08, 2017

The Labour Day long weekend in Cobram means the sound of lawn mowers can be heard from everywhere as the Cobram Lawn Mower Races are back in town.

For the third time in its history the races will be held at Scott Oval in Cobram, which Cobram Barooga Apex Club member Adrian Salter said was a great move for the event.

‘‘Once again the day will be held in the centre of town which means it is that much easier for people to get to,’’ Mr Salter said.

‘‘If you want to come down and see some lawn mowers on steroids and mowing down the track, then this is one day not to be missed.

‘‘The racing is fantastic — all of the drivers are experienced and have to be apart of the Lawn Mower Racing Association, so their skills are fantastic.’’

Mr Salter said a lot of the credit for the event had to go to local mower racer Stuart Eliott, who was the Apex Club’s contact to be able to hold the event.

‘‘Stuart does an amazing amount of work to make sure we get the day organised and running smoothly.’’

‘‘The event brings people from a wide region to race, including places like Gippsland and Griffith, so it brings a lot of people into the community which is great.’’

Mr Salter said the day was possible through Cobram Barooga Apex Club, and any proceeds would be donated to the club to go back to community projects.

The gate will open at 9.30am with racing to start from 10.30am on Sunday, March 12 at Scott Oval and entries will be accepted on the day.

All racing-class mowers are modified and do not have cutting blades, but their engines are still full-powered, with classes ranging from junior (110cc) to A open (up to 450cc).

Also on offer throughout the day will be lunch time activities for the kids, and a car display.

‘‘We are encouraging anyone who has a cool car to have it parked VIP style and put on display while they are off having a look at something else,’’ Mr Salter said.

Entry is a $2 coin donation, and food and drink will be available.

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